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Clifford M. Booth

Monday, October 6, 2008

Clifford Booth
Former long -time Cherokee resident Clifford M. Booth, 83, of Des Moines passed away Saturday, Sept. 27, 2008 at the Taylor House in Des Moines.
Funeral services were held Thursday, Oct. 2 at the Memorial Presbyterian Church in Cherokee, with Rev. Ethan Sayler officiating. Burial was in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Cherokee, with military rites at the cemetery by L. A. Wescott Post #2253 of the V.F.W. Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee was in charge of funeral arrangements.

Clifford was born Sept. 1, 1925 in Strubel, Iowa to James E. and Charlotte (McFadden) Booth. He attended Lincoln Jr. and Wilson High School. Cliff left school before graduating and joined the military and helped support his family. What he didn't learn in the classroom, he learned through life.

He inspired many family members along the way, teaching them to value what we have and above all, a love of life, family and faith. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U. S. Maritime Marines, with most of his time spent in the South Pacific. This was where he began his life long love for coin collecting. Cliff married the love of his life, Jean Irene Geselschap, on June 19, 1945 in Orange City, Iowa.

Cliff worked for the Cherokee County Maintenance Department, a job he loved. He was on a grade crew and retired in 1987.His family thinks that at the end he was 'on a CAT headed for Mom on the other side.'

Cliff was a member of the Memorial Presbyterian Church and was also a Boy Scout leader for many years. He was a long- time resident of Cherokee, moving to Des Moines in 2003 due to failing health, to be close to his daughter.

Initially residing on Willow St., following the Flood of 1993, he moved to the Colony Addition. He loved to putter in his garage and loved to collect old tools and coins, enjoyed genealogy, spending time with family, especially his grandsons and nephews. Family vacations, camping and fishing, were other pastimes he enjoyed.

The I.O.O.F. Lodge was a special part of Cliff's life, and he was a member in Cherokee, Storm Lake and Indianola, and the Rebekah Lodge in Cherokee He spent many dedicated hours to the I.O.O.F. Mason City Retirement Home. He held many offices in the Lodge, and was a former Grand Master of the State of Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife (on Feb. 20, 2002); an infant sister, Alice Booth; an infant brother, Elmer Booth and a brother, Emery "Jack" Booth.

He is survived by a daughter and a son: Diana Coco and her husband Chris of Des Moines; and Lonnie Booth of Clearwater, Fla.; two grandchildren, Christian and Gabriel Coco; two brothers, James Booth and his wife Gladys of Grinnell and Leroy Booth and his wife Rose of Spencer; and a sister, Joyce Sunkenberg and her husband Everett of Mesa, Ariz.